Monthly Archives: August 2015

Dance with me…


We used to dance in the kitchen.

Me and the kids…

Me and Rob…

I’d always try to get him to slow dance and he would; for about a minute; and then break out in his Kappa Kappa Psi (his college fraternity) moves, circling around me as I glared at him and laughed.

That’s back when we used to laugh a lot. 

We still laughed after cancer; but it wasn’t as free or pure.                                                                 It was laughter with the reality that maybe we didn’t have as much time to laugh together as we’d once hoped.

Fast forward four years…

The dancing had stopped.

The laughter was stilted.

And then something just seemed to happen and the golden joy of laughter returned.                             The dancing began again.                                                                                                             Hope came home and unpacked it’s bags;                                                                                 laughter soon followed, apologizing for being gone for so long.

We didn’t realize how much we’d missed them until they’d returned.

The smiles became genuine again…

The laughter returned, deep and loud….

Music began to play and the insatiable desire to move to the melodies overcame us.

Joy overtook us…

Like a faint memory of a life long gone, we began to remember…

To remember the good things…                                                                                                     The pure things…                                                                                                                         The things that used to make us happy.

We’d always love him.                                                                                                                       We’d always miss him.                                                                                                                     We’d never get over him…                                                                                                               He was too good to ever forget.

But we could breathe again.                                                                                                             And smile.                                                                                                                                       And laugh.                                                                                                                                     And yes, dance...

Be blessed friends… 🙂


If you’re in need of a planner, you might want to click this link.

Need to organize your life? Need a personal assistant?

I know I do.

But unfortunately, the closest I have to a personal assistant is my six year old daughter who is somewhere between 6 and 25 and routinely refers to herself as a diva. With all of that said, as a single mom, (widow) and mother of five children and two dogs, I need help staying organized.

Erin Condren planners really help on this end.

The planners are well organized, bright and colorful and basically make me happy. She offers much more than simple planners and calls them Life Planners… Not only that, but there are IMG_6775notebooks, and stickers and things for your home…

Oh my, it just all makes me happy. It almost makes me forget about my crazy life.

So even though life can be tough, (because let’s face it; we’re busy mammas…) the LifePlanner that I have helps me to organize the cray cray and makes me feel happy when I gaze at the beauty of the planner itself.

They are not cheap, lest you pass out and wake up on the floor angry with me when you see the prices, but they are worth every penny… (And while I’m not cheap, I was a bit hesitant to spend that much) I will admit that it hurt to pay the steep price at first, but when my planner came in the beautiful box, well, I’m almost sure I heard angels singing. (okay, maybe it was me, but still)

In case you fail to believe all of my assertions, click the link below and check the site out. If you don’t see anything you like, I’ll come clean your house for free… And by that, I mean I’ll come over and sit on your couch and show you my planner while we talk over coffee. 🙂

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